Emergency and Social Services

oEmergency Shelter

The Emergency Shelter at 637 Main Street is open during the day from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for drop-in services such as access to soup, coffee, showers, phone, harm reduction supplies, and access to caseworkers.

Overnight shelter is provided free of charge, on a first-come first-served basis starting at 5:30 p.m. 

If you need access to emergency shelter, please contact us:
637 Main Street
204-982-8267
Drop in hours – 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Overnight sleep service hours – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m.

Main Street Project’s emergency shelter and crisis services are designed to ensure emergency respite is available to those in distress without appointment. We offer safe, respectful and non-judgmental services to those who are homeless, displaced, experiencing mental health issues or substance use issues. Our doors are open to all. Community members may walk in, be referred by other agencies, or may be identified by the Street Patrol and directed to Main Street Project for shelter and other essentials.

Individuals use our services and connect for basic, daily needs such as a bowl of soup, cup of coffee, basic nutrition, access to showers, clean clothing, access to phones, mail delivery, access to Case Workers, resource information and housing referrals, and medical support through WFPS paramedics

We meet individuals where they are at and make every effort to tailor our services to meet the self-determined needs of each client so that we may help them work towards stable, permanent housing.

Protective Care

We offer protective care to our community through the Intoxicated Persons Detention Area (IPDA Centre), which supports intoxicated individuals into sobriety using a harm reduction approach, close monitoring and a supported release.

We aim to serve each person with safe and respectful services, following an initial transfer by Winnipeg Police Service officers or cadets.

We’re constantly working towards the safest stay possible and are proud to be leaders in the provision of services to intoxicated persons. We offer one-on-one care to all participants and also provide them a non-criminalized experience with phone access, food services and extended supports for addictions and other challenges.

Homeless Outreach Team

Our Outreach Team aims to develop relationships with anyone who identifies as homeless in our community. Outreach Mentors support these individuals in a planned transition to permanent housing and also work on community-based support to build personal capacity and future successes. Homeless Outreach Mentors work with all of Main Street Project’s services to support each community member’s success.

Project Breakaway

People who experience chronic homelessness often have multiple barriers to obtaining stable housing. Project Breakaway is a Housing First initiative that provides intensive case management for chronically homeless individuals in our community. The program improves their overall quality of life and reduces dependence on public services. In collaboration with a number of partners, this program is designed to help individuals build stability. Project Breakaway uses a holistic-intensive care model that supports and empowers participants to reach their personal goals. Four Transition Service Workers are dedicated to the project. They have a caseload of up to 25 individuals who may be in acute crisis or transitioning with supports to stability.

Download the Project Breakaway Intake Form

COVID-19 Isolation Suites

We’ve opened 39 isolation suites so that individuals experiencing homelessness can self-isolate and self-monitor while awaiting a COVID-19 test result, or so they have a safe place to recover from COVID-19. Individuals are referred to the isolation site through the healthcare system, not through self-referral. If you are an individual experiencing homelessness and you are concerned you’ve been exposed to COVID-19, please contact Health Links at 204-788-8200.

Support Main Street Project

Monetary donations help us provide the ongoing services and supports our clients need and deserve. We are a registered charitable organization and offer charitable tax receipts for financial donations.

Main Street Project is a registered Canadian Charity • Charitable registration # 107655094 RR0001.

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